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The International Water Stewardship Programme (IWaSP)

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IWaSP is an international water security programme which combines global best practices in water stewardship with local know-how. The innovative seven-year programme (2013-2019) facilitates partnerships between the public sector, the private sector and civil society. It addresses shared water risks on a catchment scale, while improving stakeholders’ use and management of water and building their capacity to develop their own solutions.

The programme is currently active in nine countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia and South Africa on the African continent, Pakistan on the Asian continent and Grenada and Saint Lucia in the Caribbean. IWaSP is receiving a growing demand and expansion into further countries is planned.

IWaSP enables partners to adopt a comprehensive and cost-effective approach to managing water risks for people, businesses and ecosystems. Typical results include pollution reduction, improved access to water, increased water storage, improved water infrastructure, rehabilitated ecosystems, strengthened water governance, improved catchment specific relationships of key actors and enhanced collaborative action.

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH works to develop lasting solutions for sustainable development and manages IWaSP on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the UK Department for International Development (DfID).

The programme has a total funding of EUR26.4m., of which BMZ has committed EUR6m, and DfID a total of EUR20.4m. to the programme. Coca-Cola, through the Global Environment and Technology Fund, provides EUR0.2m to support partnerships in Tanzania and Uganda.